Wednesday, April 10, 2019

More GLHOn30 Module Photos from the 2019 Midwest Narrow Gauge Show

Here are some pictures of Phil's train running on Jeff's East Dirigo end module of the GLHOn30 Module Group.

Phil scratch-built the gondolas and put Blackstone HOn3 trucks under them. These can easily be narrowed to HOn30 by sliding the wheel toward the center on the axles.

Phil also scratch-built the center cab loco.

I believe the caboose is a Funaro & Camerlengo resin kit.



GLHOn30 Module Photos from the 2019 Midwest Narrow Gauge Show in Boardman, Ohio

I haven't been able to attend this show since 2011 so I really enjoyed it. It was great to see old faces again and catch up. It was also great to see excellent modeling, both narrow and standard gauge. Click on this link (http://www.portlandlocomotiveworks.com/) to see pictures of the show. I would recommend it if you can attend. Gary Kohler and the Portland Locomotive works staff do a great job.

Here are some pictures I took of the Gliebe's Landing module that was part of the Great Lakes HOn30 Module Group that was on display at the show.

Congratulations to Phil, the creator of this module, on winning best in show in the steam locomotive category at this year's show for his HOn30 Shay locomotive. I wish I had taken a picture.





Sunday, March 24, 2019

Midwest Narrow Gauge Show 2019

After a multi-year hiatus I attended the show again. It was a blast and I enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, learning new modeling techniques, seeing the contest models and getting some inspiration. Congratulations to Phil Gliebe on winning best in show in the steam locomotive category with his HOn30 Shay locomotive!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Truss Rods

Truss rods from fishing line with Grandt turn buckles on a reefer.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Truss Rods

Truss rods on Chivers box car with Grandt turn buckles.

Box Car Progress

Brake hoses used on the Marsh Creek box car. I got them from my local Walthers dealer.

Box Car Progress

Here's a picture of the brake hose. It is rubber so it won't cause derailments or interfere with the coupler.

Box Car Progress

All under body details are now complete. Just have to add the brake staff and wheel and the painting can start. Brake hoses have been added though they might not be visible because they are black.

Box Car Progress

Box car with stirrups and an additional grab iron at the non ladder end. It seemed strange to have a stirrup at the end with no grab iron. How is a brakeman to use a stirrup without a grab iron? The needle beams were also moved closed to the center because the truss rods would interfere with the truck swing. This kit was designed for use with Marsh Creek 3D printed trucks which are likely shorter than the ones I am using. The added bonus is that it justifies the split brake cylinder and reservoir configuration because the combined cylinder and reservoir are now too long to fit between the beams.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Box Car Progress

As a reference for brake cylinder and reservoir locations I used the photo on page 94 of Linwood Moody's book The Maine Two Footers. This photo shows the aftermath of the wreck of engine No. 24 on the Madrid Village bridge and a bottom view of 2 pulpwood cars along with brake details. Because I am building this model only for viewing with the car on the track I won't include all brake details.

New Box Car

Details added such as grab irons, brake cylinders, queen posts and nut-bolt-washers castings. Because I model Maine 2 foot narrow gauge I supplemented the kits details with brake details and queen posts to match those prototypes.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Box Car Progress

Box car with roof, load and roof walk supports added.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Box Car

A shot of details included in the kit and the drawing from the instructions. The preformed grab irons are nice. I don't like bending my own.  

New Box Car Progress

Doors and door tracks added. Roof will be glued on after the cargo is added. The roof was sprayed with cheap primer to hide the wood grain and simulate the smooth surface of a metal roof.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Marsh Creek Link

Here is the URL for Marsh Creek Miniatures, who produces the box car kit I am building. This is their 20 foot box car kit.

http://www.marshcreekmini.com/

The kit comes less trucks, couplers and decals.I used the Microtrains 1023 couplers.

The trucks are Model Railroad General Store Gilpin HOn30 trucks with NWSL wheels. They are smaller than the Grandt HOn30 trucks, but longer than the N scale Microtrains arch bar trucks.

Monday, February 15, 2016

One More Photo

Top View showing the interior. The floor was stained with a wash of Van Dyke brown acrylic paintm

Another Photo

Side shot. The smudges are rubber cement that will be removed after painting to simulate peeling paint.

More box car pics

A shot showing the frame with trucks and couplers mounted.

New Marsh Creek Miniatures Box Car Kit

 
I recently bought a Marsh Miniatures box car kit. It is nicely done. It fits together nicely. Shown here are the sides, ends and floor installed over the frame. The floor has been stained with a wash. The sides, ends and roof walk have been weathered with Weather-It. More pictures later.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I spent last weekend enjoying the Huckleberry Railfan Weekend and working with the Great Lakes HOn30 Module Group displaying their layout.

It was a blast! I came after set up and the layout seemed to run well. Tom brought the new Minitrains Fiddletown and Copperopolis 0-4-0 locomotive and it ran reliably and beautifully. The appearance of outside frame and the motion of the counterweights give it a definite narrow gauge appearance. The only downside seemed to be the position of the weight inside the tender which caused it to lean backward.

I took my Linekin Bay module along and ran it as a free-standing layout. After a quick cleaning I was glad to see that trains were running pretty well on it. I ran an MDC/Athearn/Roundhouse 2-6-0 steam conversion on it for 3 hours, then ran the Frary-Hayden FM Morse diesel conversion (FS&K No 26) for several hours. The next day the motive power was again No 26, a re-geared AHM Plymouth diesel in original paint and the new rail bus. All ran well, but the track behind the wharf station needs some work.

Public attendance seemed good and the Huckleberry Railroad hosts a nice event.

One of the highlights was watching Jim run his live steam SRRL No 6 Forney locomotive pulling a Moxie train and SRRL No 19 Prairie locomotive pulling a mixed train.

I'll post pictures in the next few days.